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Golfer Fuzzy Zoeller sues over vandalized Wikipedia page

By Layer 8 on Thu, 02/22/07 - 6:20pm.

Pro golfer Fuzzy Zoeller is suing to track down the author of what Zoeller says is a defamatory paragraph about him on the Wikipedia site.

In an Associated Press story Zoeller's attorney, Scott Sheftall, said he filed a lawsuit against a Miami firm last week because the law won't allow him to sue Wikipedia. "Courts have clearly said you have to go after the source of the information," Sheftall said. "The Zoeller family wants to take a stand to put a stop to this. Otherwise, we're all just victims of the Internet vandals out there. They ought not to be able to act with impunity."

The Smoking Gun Website says Zoeller, 55, found his Wikipedia profile tainted in late December from a computer with an IP address that he tracked back to Josef Silny & Associates, a Miami law firm. In a Florida Circuit Court complaint filed last week, Zoeller - who is identified as "John Doe" - notes that his Wikipedia page was altered to include his alleged admission to alcohol and drug problems. The Wikipedia entry in question has been purged.